How old is your fence? And what is it made of? Mother Nature is not kind to anything made of wood. At least, not if it’s supposed to be exposed to the elements all of the time. So that means that even the most well-made and tightly-sealed wooden fence will start to splinter. Splinters and cracks are dangerous in more ways than one. Not only do they represent a risk to the structural integrity, but they might also leave nasty pokes for your curious kids and pets!
Water vs. Wood
Wood does need a certain amount of water. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that too much water is just as bad, if not worse, than too little. Water causes swelling while drying causes shrinking. Cracking (and checking) are both natural. So when you notice the fence is checking, you don’t have much to worry about until the cracks become too large. Sunlight evaporates water (obviously), but this process isn’t always as quick as you might think it is. Untreated wood used for residential fences is particularly vulnerable to fluctuating moisture levels left behind by fog, rain, and sunshine.
Decreasing Moisture Levels
Balancing out moisture levels is a smart way to remedy problems associated with splintering fences. The wet/dry cycle damages your fence, even if it isn’t the most noticeable at first. Talk to your fence installation partner about the most suitable species of wood. That way, you’ll be able to select the right lumber for creating a durable wooden fence. Be extra cautious when using pre-dried wood. If it shows signs of checking far too soon after it’s been installed, that’s a warning sign that it might not be intact without splintering for much longer.
Adding Coats of Sealant
Adding a coat of sealant is always a good idea. Other fence types benefit from sealant to prevent or diminish the effects of rust, erosion, and weather damage. Keep this in mind as you choose the sealant brand you intend to use. Paint, stain, and sealant are crucial elements of ensuring your fence remains beautiful throughout the years. Besides, the right sealant can stop wood-boring insects like termites from eating the fence and weakening it! In the end, quality installation, regular upkeep, and good planning will all help reduce detriments caused by cracking and splintering residential fences!
Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach Has Everything You Need!
Call Hercules Fence of Norfolk and Virginia Beach for your fencing needs. We have decades of experience in the fencing industry. We can offer you the best in ornamental steel, chain link, wooden fences, and more. Our dedicated teams of fencing professionals are highly trained, skilled, and experienced in providing quality fence installations of any type. We’ll work with you to find a fence that best suits your needs and budget.
Contact Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach at (757) 321-6700. Contact us on our website to learn more about fall and winter fence construction! In addition, you can keep up to date with offers and information.